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Suvarnabhumi Airport expects big traffic surge during high season

More than 100,000 passengers are expected to pass through Suvarnabhumi Airport on a daily basis during the high season.

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More than 100,000 passengers are expected to pass through Suvarnabhumi Airport on a daily basis during the high season.

The director of Suvarnabhumi Airport said the airport will be handling up to 160,000 passengers a day during winter high season.

Suvarnabhumi airport expects to see traffic surge nearly 20% over the next six months on the back of strong high-season travel demand.

The high season starts on October 25th, 2015 and will end on March 26th, 2016. During this period, the director said there will be a total of 969 flights a day, 96 of which will be passenger flights, 9 cargo flights, and the remaining 19 flights will be under a codeshare agreement.

A codeshare agreement is an aviation business arrangement where two or more airlines share the same flight.

Visitors from Hong Kong and Singapore will become top international arrivals at Suvarnabhumi, respectively constituting 6.5% and 5.5% of the tally in the period, Suvarnabhumi general manager Sirote Duangratan said.

Three of the new airline entrants have never flown to Thailand — Chongqing Airlines from China, Eurowings from Germany, Mega Maldives Airlines from the Maldives — while Thai Vietjet Air is expanding its operations.

Chongqing Airlines operates three flights a week from Chongqing, Eurowings twice a week non-stop from Cologne and Mega Maldives Airlines four times a week on the Male-Suvarnabhumi-Shenyang route.

Suvarnabhumi Airport is the largest airport in Thailand and serves as an aviation hub in Southeast Asia that attracts airlines from across the globe and leads the way to countries in South and Southeast Asia.

Suvarnabhumi international airport director Mr  Siroj Duangrat estimated that the passenger’s growth rate at Suvarnabhumi international airport next year was forecasted to rise by 9.7 %, which will be beyond the capacity of the airport to handle.

The airport was originally designed to handle 45 million passengers annually.

The Thai cabinet recently approved the second-phase airport expansion project at a cost of about 55 billion baht and adopted a strategy of pushing Suvarnabhumi as an international gateway in Asia-Pacific for passenger and cargo traffic

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